Complaint Against ‘Anti-National’ Slogan Allegedly Raised At Anti-CAA Protest In Begusarai

by Swati Goel Sharma - Feb 4, 2020 05:36 PM +05:30 IST
Complaint Against ‘Anti-National’ Slogan Allegedly Raised At Anti-CAA Protest In BegusaraiA still from the video 
  • A Hindi daily quotes the Begusarai SP as saying that the matter will be investigated

A member of the right-wing organisation Bajrang Dal gave a complaint to Begusarai’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Awakash Kumar today against a purported “anti-national” slogan raised at a recent protest demonstration in the area.

As per the complaint, for the last 20-22 days, some people have seen sitting on a dharna against the recently legislated Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed National Registrar of Citizens (NRC) at Phool Chowk in Lakhminia area of Begusarai district in the state of Bihar.

On 30 January, a live video from the protest was played from the Facebook account of one Naukhez Victor, which showed a “anti-national” slogan being raised.

As per the complaint, “Afzal tere khoon se inqualab aayega” was among the slogans raised by five-seven men on the stage while around 100 women and 30 men repeated the slogan sitting in the audience.

Screenshot of the video posted by organisers on 30 January (submitted to the police by Bajrang Dal)
Screenshot of the video posted by organisers on 30 January (submitted to the police by Bajrang Dal)

“This slogan has hurt our national sentiment,” says the complaint by Shubham Bhardwaj, who has introduced himself as district convenor of Bajrang Dal. He has appealed for police action in the matter.

The complaint has named five men namely Altaf Rashid, Mohammad Salman Rain, Mohammad Sunny, Mohammad Adil and Mohammad Naukhez.

The complaintant has submitted a 9-minute 6-second video of the event to the SP.

Watch part of the clip showing the purported slogan being raised below:

A report published in today’s Begusarai edition of Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar says that the video posted on Facebook was later taken down.

In the event, other slogans that were raised were - “JNU tere khoon se inqualab aayega”, “Jamia tere khoon se inqualab aayega”, “AMU tere khoon se inqualab aayega” and “BHU tere khoon se inqualab aayega”, the Bhaskar report says.

The report says that the newspaper claims no veracity of the video.

Report by Dainik Bhaskar 
Report by Dainik Bhaskar 

The Bhaskar report further says that the event is said to have been organised by one Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Sanghash Morcha, and was part of an ongoing protest at Phool Chowk since 12 January.

Former Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar has attended this protest on one of the days, the report says.

Notably, “Afzal tere khoon se insaaf aayega” was one of the slogans raised inside the JNU campus in February 2016, for which the Delhi police has filed a chargesheet against Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and eight others as main accused.

Other slogans raised in the JNU event, as mentioned in the chargesheet, were “Bharat tere tukde honge, Inshallah, Inshallah”, “Bandook ke bal pe azaadi“, “Ham kya chahte, azaadi” and “Afzal ham sharminda hai, tere qaatil zinda hai”.

Afzal Guru was hanged to death in New Delhi in 2013 after he was convicted of terror conspiracy by the Supreme Court in 2004 for an attack on the Indian Parliament.

In the attack on 13 December 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen had entered the Parliament complex and opened fire, killing nine persons.

This correspondent called up SP Awakash Kumar but his number was unreachable. This copy will be updated when a response is taken.

In today’s edition, Dainik Bhaskar has quoted Kumar as saying that an investigation would be carried out once the police access the video.

Update: SP Awakash Kumar told Zee Bihar that he has seen the video and it’s not clear if the crowd was chanting ‘Afzal tere khoon se inqualab aayega’ or ‘Assam tere khoon se inqualab aayega’. “We will get a technical investigation done,” Kumar told the channel.

Swati Goel Sharma is a senior editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @swati_gs.

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